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A broadcaster, Montreux Jazz Festival founder, medical missionary, Nobel-winning economist and nun-turned-sex-columnist

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 18 January 2013

Matthew Bannister on:
The TV journalist Robert Kee who presented Panorama and This Week and was one of the Famous Five who launched TV AM. Anna Ford and Sir Jeremy Isaacs pay tribute.
Claude Nobs, the director of the Montreux Jazz Festival who was immortalised as "Funky Claude" in the Deep Purple song "Smoke on The Water". The band's lead singer Ian Gillan will explain why.
George Patterson, the missionary who fell in love with Tibet and reported on the Chinese invasion of the country.
Professor James Buchanan, the economist who won the Nobel prize for his work on the public choice theory which suggests that politicians are motivated by self interest rather than the public good.
And Midge Turk Richardson the former nun who became editor of Seventeen Magazine - and wrote its sex advice column.

  • Robert Kee

    Matthew spoke to Sir Jeremy Isaacs- producer of the critically acclaimed tv series Ireland: A Television History- presented by Robert Kee and to Robert’s former colleague Anna Ford. Born 5 October 1919; died 11 January 2013 aged 93.
  • Claude Nobs

    Matthew spoke to Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, to the music journalist Pierre Perrone and to Ian Gillan of Deep Purple. Born 4 February 1936; died 10 January 2013 aged 76.
  • George Patterson

    Last Word spoke to a representative of the Dalai Lama, Mr Thubten Samdup, and to the journalist Steve Turner. Born 19 August 1920; died 28 December 2012 aged 92.
  • Professor James Buchanan

    Matthew spoke to the Director and co-founder of the Adam Smith Institute, Dr Eamonn Butler. Born 3 October 1919; died 9 January 2013 aged 93.
  • Midge Turk Richardson

    Matthew spoke to her stepson Kevin Richardson. Born 26 March 1930; died 17 December 2012 aged 82.



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